Addiction is a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Substance Abuse can be in the shape of drug dependency, alcoholism, an unhealthy relationship with food and many other forms. Another definition of Substance Abuses is as follows: Substance Abuse is defined as "compulsive drug seeking and use, even in the face of negative health and social consequences. Substance Abuse is also described as progressive and fatal. It gets worse over time because of the way tolerance intensifies. Finally, Substance Abuse is a "chronic relapsing disease, because long-term drug use alters the brain's structure and function. These brain changes remain "months and years after the last use of drugs, and leave the brain vulnerable to relapse long after withdrawal and treatment.
At Coastal Prestige Medical Services we understand that Substance Abuse is a life controlling disease. Unlike other resources, we offer Physician based treatment, counseling sessions, and medication-assisted therapy. Dr. Johnnie Ham will help guide you through recovering from your Substance Abuse and regaining your life.
Our Senior Counselor with certifications in Medical Assisted Treatment Counselor and Co-Occurring Disorders Specialist will meet with the patient on a regular basis one on one counseling sessions. These sessions are based on clinically accepted treatment philosophies, and have a high rate of success with the Substance Abuse recovery process.
Medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence can include the use of buprenorphine (Suboxone) to complement the education, counseling and other support measures that focus on the behavioral aspects of opioid Substance Abuse.
This medication can allow one to regain a normal state of mind - free of withdrawal, cravings and the drug-induced highs and lows of Substance Abuse.
Medication-assisted treatment for opioid Substance Abuse and dependence is much like using medication to treat other chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes. Taking medication for opioid Substance Abuse is not the same as substituting one addictive drug for another.
Lawrence joined our staff in April of 2014 and is a Registered Addiction Specialist Level II, with Certifications as a Medical Assisted Treatment Counselor, and Co-occurring Disorders Specialist, Certified Women’s Treatment Specialist (CWTS) and Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California II (CATC II)
We provide compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental and confidential counseling for patients who have Substance Abuses issues or disorders. We believe the role of the counselor in Substance Abuse treatment is to provide support, education, and nonjudgmental confrontation. The patient recovering from chemical Substance Abuse or alcohol abuse deserves to feel understood and know that he or she has an ally in the counselor. The counselor wants to convey to the patient that he or she appreciates the difficulty of this struggle and the need for support through the recovery process. We recognize that the addict is not the only family member affected by the addict's behavior, and their Substance Abuse, as a result we encourage family members to also take an active part in the addicts recovery by attending family orientated counseling sessions.
Upon your first visit you will meet with Dr. Ham for a one hour appointment. During this appointment you will discuss your dependency and use history. The doctor will work side by side with you to create a plan for recovery. The doctor will prescribe counseling sessions with our Senior Substance Abuse Counselor Lawrence E. Miller. Lawrence is available to meet with patients on a daily basis by appointment.
The drug counseling sessions have a clear structure. However, within the framework of that structure, the content of the discussion is largely up to the patient. We make an effort to address effectively the patient's individual needs at any point in treatment while also recognizing the commonality of many issues in Substance Abuse and recovery. People are indeed unique; however, the facets of a human problem of chemical Substance Abuse usually follow familiar patterns. The validity of both realities should be respected.
The stages of addiction treatment described here are:
Coastal Prestige Medical Services is contracted with Medicare. We are out of network for all other insurance companies. If you do not have Medicare, your first session will cost $225 and subsequent sessions cost $145. The clinic requires patients pay up front, and if you have a PPO, we will bill your insurance for you and reimburse you when applied.
Please call our office at 805-201-9135 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a receptionist contact you to schedule your first appointment. Our staff is friendly, understanding, and ready to help you along your recovery journey.
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"Thank-you for the help you have rendered me during a most trying, troubling time. Perspective and observation to keep us 'on the rails' so to speak is invaluable, if not always comfortable. I guarantee going it alone would have been a mistake and your experience and kind-hearted feedback has been most welcome. Thank-you again."
—Wm. M. – August 2016
I have been seeing Larry Miller for over 6 months now for opiate addiction, and all that that implies. My previous addiction counselor moved away and I was referred to Dr. Johnnie Hamm, who accepted me as a patient, and put me into Larry's hands.
Larry understands what I'm talking about. He offers facts and insights into the world of addiction, makes me think about my 3-year binge on pills and how it is all connected with every moment you have ever been alive, and every person you have ever met.
He is kind, humorous, and I trust him."
—Deborah M., Pill free in AG – August 2016
"Lawrence Miller (or Larry as he is known to his patients) has been a great help in my recovery. I have been clean and sober for a few years, which can easily lead to over-confidence and complacency, but Larry has been there to help me stay on track. He knows how to keep my feet on the ground and he never forgets to tell me how proud he is of my dedication to my sobriety. Because he understands addiction first hand, we relate well to each other and I am able to speak openly to him. I would recommend him and Coastal Prestige to anyone who wants to get better and take their life back with the help of caring, non-judgmental and knowledgeable professionals. "
—A.G., Stockton CA
"Approximately six years ago in 2010 Dr. Ham began to prescribe Suboxone to me on a trial basis for long-term treatment of opiate addiction. Although the primary use of Suboxone for detox for those withdrawing from opiates, Dr. Ham, was trying a newer and secondary use of Suboxone for long-term treatment of sobriety from opiate addiction...so for six years I have taken approximately 24 milligrams of Suboxone daily as part of my recovery from 25 years of opiate addiction. At the Beginning, of 2014, the Medical Society deemed that those on Suboxone treatment must also see a counselor every 30 days. So approximately two years ago I met drug counselor Larry...Larry seemed to be a few years older than me, so that made me more comfortable. Once I became aware of to Larry's in-depth education for addiction and was informed of his various certifications and his almost forty years of sobriety I became more comfortable with him as a counselor. That along with 40 something years of experience made me even more comfortable as Larry and I began to share it became evident that Larry and I shared a similar background in military service. I in the Navy (superior) and Larry was in the Marines (Inferior). So, of course, we joke around with each other, as has been the custom in the last 200 years. I appreciate Larry not only for his experience and expertise on the subject of addiction but also for his humor, which helps to soften the rough areas in relationships. But on the subject of addiction, which unfortunately I have known all too well for the last 25 years, and in that 25 years, I have been through most all therapeutic models in dealing with recovery from addiction. But none of them worked until I met Dr. Ham and Counselor Larry and Suboxone. Larry seemed to catch on quickly that I already was experienced in addiction recovery basics, and I was not in denial about my problem. So along with Larry's humor, we focused on the responsibility that all people make choices, and those with addiction tend to make the same pattern of poor choices in dealing with the painful trials of life, and Larry focused on "right thinking" which leads to good behavior which leads to the right feelings...One underlying common theme with anyone with addictions is when we are overwhelmed we want to feel better instantly, so us people with addictions are immature in the area of delayed gratification so these were the things as I remember that Counselor Larry and I would discuss along with what was going on in our lives...So in a nutshell for me what I learned from Counselor Larry is that any of us can change our lives by thinking on the right and good things moment by moment and then acting on them and not procrastinating then those good feelings will come. I have six years of not abusing pain medication and this is the longest sobriety from addiction that I have every experienced. Things have not been perfect in the past six years, and things have often been overwhelming and tough, but the good news is I did not resort to opiate abuse to cope with the trials of life in my life."
—Robert Bass, age 57